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Safety Tips for Construction Sites

August 28th, 2019 at 9:11 pm

IL workers comp attorney, IL job injury lawyerAlthough an employee in most industries in Illinois has the right to file a workers’ compensation claim, they are more prevalent in labor-intensive industries such as construction. According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, OSHA, approximately 4,500 people die as a result of a private industry work incident each year. Over twenty percent of these deaths come from the construction industry.

There are “fatal four” injuries in construction that are commonly seen in the industry. Half of all construction injuries were caused by the following:

  • Falls
  • Being struck by an object
  • Electrocutions
  • Getting caught between an object, equipment, or material

The most common of these “fatal four” are falls, which account for about 40% of all construction accidents every year.

With such a high rate of accidents in the construction industry, there are precautions workers can take to ensure their safety on the job. No matter the fault of an accident, a worker still has the right to file for compensation, but being mindful while in a dangerous environment will save lives.

Construction equipment is heavy, often has moving parts, and requires special training. An unexpected way a worker can get injured is getting in and out of equipment. An injury can happen as easily as having a slippery substance on a boot and falling while entering or exiting a bulldozer or backhoe. A worker can also get caught on a piece of machinery if not careful.

If a person is not properly trained on operating a tool, they should not be using it on a construction site. Inadequate training puts the safety of an operator and the workers around them at risk. When a worker is not operating machinery, they should keep a safe distance from the tool in operation and the intended area of use.

Paying attention to work conditions allows construction workers to prevent injuries. For example, if the ladder is being used for a job, the user should inspect it before climbing. A ladder may have residual damage, be loose, or have a weak spot. Being high up on a ladder is not the best time to find out these shortages. When walking through a construction site and performing tasks, be mindful of what co-workers are doing on the site.

Contact a Cook County Workers’ Compensation Attorney

No matter the circumstances, if you have been injured while on a construction site, you have the right to file for workers’ compensation. If you are hurt and cannot work, contact an experienced Chicago workers’ compensation attorney to discuss the compensation you deserve. Contact us at 630-574-2288 to arrange a free consultation today.

 

Sources:

https://www.osha.gov/laws-regs/regulations/standardnumber/1926

https://www.osha.gov/oshstats/commonstats.html

 

What Steps Should I Take After an Injury at Work?

March 20th, 2019 at 9:03 am

Cook County work injury lawyerNo one expects to get injured at work. There may be a higher chance of getting into an accident in certain industries, but regardless of what risks exist in the workplace, it is important to understand the processes to follow when an injury occurs. Most employees in Illinois can file a workers’ compensation claim following an injury that requires medical care or results in missed time at work.

Even if a business only has one employee, the employer is required to have workers’ compensation insurance. This protects workers in the event of a workplace-related injury or death. Workers’ compensation insurance will cover any medical expenses, and depending on whether the injury was severe enough to prevent an employee from working, it may also provide disability benefits. Even if the accident was the employee’s fault, in most cases, it will be covered by workers’ compensation. Some exceptions include if the incident occurred outside of company time, such as when driving to or from work, or if the employee was compromised with drugs or alcohol.

If a work-related injury occurs, follow these steps to take advantage of your deserved workers’ compensation benefits:

  • Get Medical Assistance – Your health and safety are the most important things after an injury or accident. If your injury cannot be taken care of by a basic first aid kit, it is important to seek professional medical care. If necessary, call 911 for emergency medical help. Otherwise, you will want to visit an emergency room, urgent care clinic, or doctor’s office right away. When making a claim for workers’ compensation, these medical records will become important.
  • Notify Your Employer – Your employer may already know about the incident, but it is important to officially notify them, preferably in writing. This must be done within 45 days of the incident. If your verbally notified your employer, note the time, date, and the person you spoke to regarding the situation. A claim will be denied if you wait too long to notify your employer, and you will not be eligible for benefits.
  • Know Your Rights – If an injury has resulted in more than three days of missed work from an employee, the employer has to legally report the accident to the Illinois Workers’ Compensation Commission. When missing work due to a work-related injury or illness, you are entitled to temporary or permanent disability to make up for lost wages until you can return to your previous position. Your employer is not allowed to harass or threaten you for filing a workers’ compensation claim. If you are let go during your claim or told you cannot come back after temporary disability because you filed a claim, your employer is breaking the law.

Contact an Experienced Chicago Workers’ Comp Attorney

There is enough uncertainty after experiencing an injury because of work, so you should be sure that you will be able to receive the proper medical care and be compensated for any lost wages. If your claim is denied, or if your employer is discriminating against you, you will need an experienced Cook County workers’ compensation lawyer on your side. Contact us at 630-574-2288 to arrange a free consultation.

Sources:

https://www2.illinois.gov/sites/iwcc/Documents/icpnform.pdf

Can I Get Workers’ Compensation for Disfigurement From an Injury?

February 21st, 2019 at 10:34 am

Cook County workers' compensation attorney scarring disfigurementIf you are involved in an accident at work, particularly if you work in the manufacturing or construction industries, the results of your injuries may lead to permanent disfigurement or scarring. While the accident may not have taken your life, it can lead to costly rehabilitation and have a significant impact on you for years to come. A visible scar or any kind of disfigurement is emotionally traumatizing. You may be able to go back to work, but your day to day life will never be the same.

What Is Considered Disfigurement?

The Illinois Supreme Court determined that disfigurement is defined as an impairment of appearance that is unusual. It can affect the beauty of a person or the symmetry of their face or body.

If your disfigurement is from the result of an incident at work, you may be eligible for additional workers’ compensation. According to 820 ILCS 305/8, for a disfigurement to be eligible for workers’ compensation, it must be permanent, severe, and located on a reasonably visual part of your body, such as the face, neck, head, hand, arm, cheek, or leg below the knee. Disfigurement to the rest of your body may not be eligible for additional compensation. If an accident caused the loss of an arm or leg, you can not claim both disability and disfigurement benefits for the same body part.

The amount paid out will depend on the severity and location of the disfigurement. For example, a scar on your face is worth more than a scar on your arm or shin. Raised scars or other textured disfigurements are also worth more. A disfigurement to the face, when compared to a permanent superficial injury to a limb, can cause emotional trauma, depending on the severity of the injury. Whether or not the disfigurement interferes with daily tasks is also considered. A person with third or fourth degree burns on their hand may have difficulty using their hand normally.

The benefit rate for non-fatal injuries such as disfigurement is the same as for permanent partial disability benefits. Subject to the minimum and maximum recorded payouts for similar injuries or scenarios, the payout is 60% of a worker’s weekly paycheck. The maximum amount of time an employee can receive payout due to a disfigurement is 162 weeks.

Contact a Chicago Workers’ Compensation Attorney

Getting an injury at work that stays with you forever can be difficult to deal with, and it will serve as a permanent reminder of the pain you have suffered. Even if you are eventually able to return to work normally, you deserve compensation for costs of medical treatment and the emotional toll of your injury. Contact a Cook County workers’ comp lawyer to see if your case is eligible for compensation. Call our office at 630-574-2288 to schedule a free consultation.

Source:

http://www.ilga.gov/legislation/ilcs/fulltext.asp?DocName=082003050K8

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